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Articles tagged NOAA

May 22, 2014, 8:36 a.m.

Long, Warm NW Summer On Tap According To Weather Service Outlook

The supercomputers at the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center have crunched long-term trends to produce an outlook for June, July and August. For most of the Northwest, the forecast gives a strong probability of above-normal temperatures.

May 1, 2014, midnight

New Study: Acidifying Ocean Destroying Sea Butterflies

Pteropods - tiny, delicate snails also known as sea butterflies - are a key part of the marine food web. And new research indicates they are dissolving to a greater extent than previously thought.

April 24, 2014, 12:51 p.m.

Feds Weigh Protecting Orcas In West Coast Waters

A federal agency is weighing whether to protect endangered orcas in the waters off the West Coast.

March 24, 2014, 1 a.m.

EarthFix Conversation: 25 Years Later, Scientists Remember The Exxon Valdez

Two scientists who responded to the Exxon Valdez spill talk about the impacts, then and now, of Alaska's tragic oil spill.

Feb. 11, 2014, 1 a.m.

Stalking Puget Sound Steelhead With Science

Steelhead are disappearing once they leave their spawning rivers in the Puget Sound region. One scientist is hot on their tails in search of clues.

July 25, 2013, 6:44 p.m.

Scientists Embark On West Coast Ocean Acidification Mission

On Monday scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will begin a one-month expedition to investigate ocean acidification along the U.S. West Coast.

July 18, 2013, 3:41 p.m.

Jane Lubchenco's Teachable Moment As NOAA Head

Jane Lubchenco’s background as a biology professor proved helpful during her four years as the head of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Take, for instance, the time she helped a member of Congress learn where TV weather forecasters get their weather forecasts.

Jan. 15, 2013, 1:53 p.m.

Tracking A Puget Sound Orca To Northern California

Biologists are gaining new information about the winter movements of endangered Puget Sound killer whales by tracking the daily activities of one orca.

Dec. 12, 2012, 5:07 p.m.

NOAA Administrator From Oregon Departing To Rejoin Family, Academia

Former Oregon State University professor Jane Lubchenco announced her resignation Wednesday as administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She was the first woman to oversee the federal agency.

Dec. 11, 2012, 8:06 p.m.

Feds Give Stakeholders Bigger Salmon Recovery Role

Environmentalists, irrigators, and other stakeholders in the Northwest are being offered an expanded role in shaping the long-term recovery plan for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia Basin.

Oct. 1, 2012, 1 a.m.

Field Notes: Unlocking The Secrets (And Sounds) Of Orcas Underwater

Scientists are using suction tags to gain access to the secret underwater lives of Puget Sound's endangered orcas, and find out how vessel traffic might be affecting them.

Sept. 6, 2012, 10 a.m.

EarthFix Conversations: So, How's Puget Sound?

A new report brings together data collected from all around the Sound in 2011. It’s got information on river inputs, seawater temperature, salinity, nutrients, dissolved oxygen, ocean acidification, phytoplankton, biotoxins, bacteria, pathogens, shellfish…. Whew… we turn to Stephanie Moore, the lead editor, for more.

May 15, 2012, 1:40 p.m.

Report Inconclusive On What Killed Orca L112

A new report out today stops short of determining what caused the death of a young female orca that washed up near Long Beach, Wash. The scientists who produced it for a federal agency come up with new details about the whale's trauma, bruising and hemhorraging, and lack of broken bones.

Jan. 17, 2012, 7 p.m.

EarthFix Conversations: NOAA The Red-Headed Step Child Among Gov. Agencies? Not Really

The Obama Administration's plans to streamline the Commerce Department include moving NOAA -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- from Commerce to the Department of Interior. EarthFix's Ashley Ahearn turns to Chris Mann, of the Pew Environmental Group, for some perspective on what this move could mean for the future of the agency known as the foremost source of information on fisheries, weather and atmospheric research.

Jan. 13, 2012, 5 a.m.

Possible Tsunami Debris Washing Up On Northwestern Shores

It’s been almost a year since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan triggered a tsunami. The Japanese government estimated that up to 25 million tons of debris washed into the Pacific Ocean. Now that debris may be starting to make landfall along US coasts.

Oct. 31, 2011, 3:44 p.m.

Judge Upholds Pesticide Limits in West Coast Salmon Streams

A judge ruled Monday the federal government followed sound science when it called for stricter regulation of three common insecticides in Northwest salmon streams. The case underscores that recent science suggests that even in low concentrations, the chemicals may damage salmon and steelhead's sense of smell.

Oct. 25, 2011, 10:38 a.m.

NOAA Task Force Recommends OR, WA to Kill 85 Sea Lions

A federal advisory group recommended Monday that Washington and Oregon kill up to 85 California sea lions at the Bonneville Dam to protect salmon and steelhead spring runs.

Aug. 17, 2011, 6:22 a.m.

Making A Bigger Deal About Smaller Fish

Aug. 16, 2011, 1 a.m.

Otters Connect the Elwha's Salmon to the Olympics' Forests

Scientists want to know more about how river otters transfer marine nutrients to the forest ecosystem. The Elwha watershed is the perfect laboratory, with its population of otters ready to prey on upriver salmon once a dam-removal project is complete. (Undamming the Elwha: Part II)

Aug. 15, 2011, 10 p.m.

Scientists Measure What Dams Have Done to the Elwha

The Elwha River flows from the heart of Olympic National Park to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. But unlike other rivers on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, you won’t find salmon beyond the Elwha's first five miles because it’s been dammed for nearly a century. Big change is coming to the Elwha, though, when the world's biggest dam removal begins there next month. (Undamming the Elwha: Part I)

Aug. 2, 2011, 2:06 p.m.

Judge Rules Columbia Salmon Plan Falls Short

Federal Judge James Redden rejects the federal governments' third version of a plan to meet the Endangered Species Act standards for protecting imperiled salmon as they navigate turbines and past eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

July 26, 2011, 10:06 a.m.

Feds Withdraw Oregon and Washington Authority to Kill Sea Lions

The lethal removal of salmon-gobbling sea lions at a Columbia River dam isn't happening right now, but with litigation underway and Congress considering a rewrite of the laws, a federal agency decides to permanently withdraw the states' authority to take out these marine mammals.